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She's Not There

PANDAS was first identified and labeled in the mid-1990s by investigators at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Basically, a bacterial infection such as strep prompts the immune system to produce antibodies.

Teaching Kids to Think for Themselves

Most brain development in children happens before the age of 3. So parents are encouraged to actively engage in their child’s initial touching, talking, reading and playing experiences, which leads to successful parent-guided parent-child collaborations in the future. That’s right: The molding of good decision makers starts at infancy and grows from there.

Silent Sufferers

In the short term, having a parent who is addicted to drugs or alcohol can make a child lose his sense of self. He may be embarrassed to bring friends home. Long term, children with parents who suffer from addiction have an increased incidence of academic problems, mental illness, criminal behavior and early use — and abuse — of the same substances that bind and restrict their parents.